One of the most popular fruits in the world, oranges are renowned for its concentration of vitamin C. Generally available all year round these round citrus fruits taste good and full of nutrition.
There are different varieties of oranges; sweet, bitter and sour. You need to know the variety you’re buying. The sweet variety is usually more fragrant and ideal for making fruit juices. One orange (130 grams) supplies nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C. This small fruit is loaded with 170 types of phytonutrients and almost 60 types of flavonoids which are enriched with a bunch of healing properties and medicinal qualities which are to be considered as health benefits of orange.
Oranges Major Health Benefits:
- Cancer Prevention: When you eat a whole orange it provides good dietary fiber. The fibers in oranges create a line of defense to prevent in preventing colon cancer. A compound in oranges called liminoid, has been found to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. The high vitamin C content acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals.
- Lowering Blood Pressure: A flavonoid called hesperidin helps in natural lowering of blood pressure. Orange juice is very good for preventing hypertension disease.
- Kidney Stone: Orange juice is good for preventing of developing kidney stones. A study shows that drinking orange juice regularly drops the risk of formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidney.
- Better Digestive System: Orange juice is good for digestive system. Orange pulp contains natural fiber, which supports for smooth evacuation of bowel movements.
- Good For Skin: Antioxidant in orange helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. Orange peel is good for skin tone and prevents formation of wrinkles on the face.
- Cholesterol-Lowering Benefits: Another of the many benefits of oranges comes from their fiber content, which is known to improve ratios of cholesterol in the body.
- Protection Against Rheumatoid Arthritis: A study done by Arthritis Research Campaign Epidemiology Unit in the United Kingdom shows that a modest increase in beta-cryptoxanthin (antioxidant found in oranges) intake, equivalent to one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice per day, is associated with a reduced risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Also, oranges are rich in many other beneficial nutrients as well like calcium (which promotes strong bones) and Vitamin B6 (which helps in production of Hemoglobin). Consumption of orange juice is good for preventing peptic ulcer.